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Vocabulary Practice Questions


1. Choose the best definition of headstrong.

  1. Doesn’t listen
  2. Stubborn
  3. Willing
  4. To disbelieve

 2. Choose the best definition of oblique.

  1. Direct
  2. Indirect
  3. Sharp
  4. Straight

 3. Choose the best definition of temper.

  1. To make worse
  2. To aggravate
  3. To soften
  4. None of the Above

4. Choose the best definition of cryptic.

  1. Building in a graveyard
  2. Difficult to understand
  3. Printed in code
  4. None of the above

 5. Choose the best definition of curtail.

  1. To cut short
  2. To arrive early
  3. To lengthen
  4. To give back

 6. Choose the best definition of heed.

  1. To ignore
  2. To listen
  3. To advise
  4. To pay

 7. Choose the best definition of oblivious.

  1. Far Away
  2. Believable
  3. Unbelievable
  4. Totally unaware

 8. Choose the best definition of podium. 

  1. Speaker
  2. Raised platform
  3. Brief lecture
  4. None of the above

 9.  Choose the best definition of boorish.

  1. Bad tempered
  2. Bad mannered
  3. Bad looking
  4. Bad smelling

 10. Choose the best definition of heresy.

  1. Against the orthodox opinion
  2. Same as the orthodox opinion
  3. An unusual opinion
  4. To have no opinion

11.  Choose the best definition of respite.

  1. A drink
  2. Intermission
  3. A rest stop on highways
  4. An interval



 Answer Key

1. B
Determined to do as one pleases, and not as others want.

2. B
Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.

3. C
To moderate or control.

4. B
Mystified or of an obscure nature.

5. A
To shorten or abridge the duration of something; to truncate.

6. B
To mind; to regard with care; to take notice of; to attend to; to observe.

7. D
Lacking awareness; unmindful.

8. B
A platform on which to stand, as when conducting an orchestra or preaching at a pulpit.

9. B
Behaving as a boor; rough in manners; rude; uncultured.

10. A
A controversial or unorthodox opinion held by a member of a group, as in politics, philosophy or science.

11. B
A brief interval of rest or relief.



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  1. Andrew Kerper

    I thought tempering (heat treating) steel hardens it?

    • Complete Test Prep

      Hi – here are the 2 definitions of temper:

      1. improve the hardness and elasticity of (steel or other metal) by reheating and then cooling it.
      2. serve as a neutralizing or counterbalancing force to (something).

  2. Temper is not Soft. Temperate*, however, is?

    • Complete Test Prep

      To moderate is to soften. Temperate is showing moderation or self-restraint, which could also mean soften.

      Point taken though – perhaps the question could be clearer. thanks!

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